Edna Perchway Nellis, Holy Trinity Parish communicant

OBITS-NellisEdnaEdna R. Perchway Nellis, 78, of Fulton, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at Oswego Hospital after a sudden illness.

A native of Prairie du Long Township in Illinois, she had resided in the Fulton area most of her life. She retired from Container Corporation of America after over 30 years and had previously worked at Sealright Company.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton and an avid bingo player.

She was predeceased by her son, Bruce Perchway.

Surviving are her husband of 33 years, David C. Nellis of Fulton; step-children, Timothy (Barrett) Nellis, Anthony (Tina) Nellis and Todd (Sue) Nellis all of Florida; daughter-in-law, Bonny Perchway of Oswego; two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; siblings, Roland Birkner and Marlene Winkleman both of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 28 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton, with services to immediately follow at 5 p.m. Interment will be in the spring at North Volney Cemetery in Volney.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Angeline Clark, avid bowler

Angeline Clark, 92, of Fulton, died Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Born in Pennsylvania, she had lived in the Fulton area for more than 60 years. She was an avid bowler.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund L.  Clark, and her son, Edmund J. Clark.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Sperbeck Clark; grandchildren, Aaron Elizabeth Clark and Edmund J. Clark; great-granddaughter, Bianca Clark; sister, Mary Scarangella; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and services will be private. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Spring break

Bodley Bulletins

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

Did you know that every blood donation can save up to three people?

GRB needs students to sign up for the blood drive to meet the goal of 100 donors!

The blood drive is tomorrow, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can sign up with Mrs. Ferlito in room 115 and must fill out a permission slip. What a better way to start off spring break than by saving lives!

Speaking of spring break, Friday marks the first day of vacation. Students have Friday March 29 and won’t return to school until April 8.

Today and tomorrow are the last two days to sign up during lunch bells to be in “Bodley’s Got Talent,” the annual talent show put on by HOPE club. “Bodley’s Got Talent” will take place April 18 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Anyone can go and there are always wonderful acts!

This week is concert week! Today, is the band concert at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow is the orchestra concert also at 7:30 p.m. Good luck to both the band and orchestra in their concerts. They both work very hard and it should show in their performances.

There are limited spots left for the senior trip June 7 to Cedar Point! The price of the trip is $220, which includes the hotel, bus, Cedar Point passes, dinner and breakfast.

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Volney’s Airport Water District Extension #2 approved

by Nicole Reitz

The Town of Volney’s Airport Water District Extension #2 was recently approved by property owners.

Out of the 138 people who live in the district, 51 total people voted. Forty-one voted yes while 10 residents voted no.

Airport Water District Extension #2 is located along portions of New York State Route 3, County Route 6, Hawk Road, and parts of Baldwin and Rowlee Road.

A survey was sent and those who needed water the most were considered by the town first. The town is currently working down the list of districts.

The Town of Volney has determined that the proposed Airport Water District Extension #2 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of approximately 30,000 linear feet of eight-inch and 10-inch water distribution mains, valves, hydrants and water service lines.

Everyone in the water district will pay a maintenance cost in addition to a water cost. The maintenance cost is $427 over the course of a 38-year mortgage. Those living in the district, whether they hook up to the water or not, will pay the $427.

Town Clerk Barb MacEwen said that the projected yearly (per household) usage is $328. The usage cost is divided quarterly.

The total amount fluctuates depending on the size of the household. For instance, a house with only two people may have a lower bill than a family of four.

According to Supervisor Dennis Lockwood, work on the project won’t begin for at least another year. New York Rural Development has promised preliminary funds.

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Doctor’s Day

by Ann C. Gilpin, Oswego Health President and CEO

Oswego Health will recognize its dedicated, knowledgeable and caring physicians as our healthcare system celebrates Doctor’s Day March 29.

Oswego Health has more than 190 physicians in 35 specialties that provide excellent healthcare throughout Oswego County and beyond.

In the last two years, our very successful physician recruitment has resulted in our health system welcoming 17 new doctors to our community.

We are very fortunate to have such a devoted group of medical professionals providing healthcare in our community.

Oswego Health expects to welcome even more physicians this year.

In developing our new strategic plan, which will help lead the direction of the health system over the next three years, we continued to acknowledge the essential role physicians play in our community and identified physician retention and recruitment as one of our top goals.

While our physicians do keep us healthy, they are vital to our community in other important endeavors.

They are often active volunteers in the community, donating their time and expertise to many local organizations that improve our quality of life.

In closing, I hope you will join me in thanking our physicians for their care and contribution to our community on Doctor’s Day.

Fulton graduates star for Oswego State teams

Oswego State freshman Tori Troivato of Fulton fell a single shy of hitting a cycle during the Lakers’ 7-5 loss to Hope as the Oswego State softball team (3-7) closed out its spring break.

Trovato hit a double, a triple and a homerun in the game.

Prior to the loss to Hope, the Lakers topped the Lawrence Vikings 8-5.

The Lakers put together a three-run first inning with an RBI single by Dee Apps and a two-RBI triple from Nicole Ouellette. Oswego State tacked on another run in the second when Trovato scored following a Sammie Schroeter RBI single.

With the Lakers leading 4-1 through three frames, Oswego State turned in another three-run inning in the fourth. After Katie Bredin and Schroeter reached, Apps produced a key double to plate both players. Apps came around to score following Alexis Nasca’s single to put the Lakers ahead 7-2. Lawrence cut into the margin by scoring three runs, as it trailed 7-5 midway through the sixth inning. However, Schroeter halted the momentum with an RBI double in the next at-bat as Oswego State closed out the 8-5 win.

In the second game, both squads came out on fire as Hope held a 3-2 lead after the first inning when Alexandra McKay drove in Trovato and Schroeter.

Heading into the fifth inning, Oswego State trailed 6-2 until Trovato blasted a solo homerun and Apps registered a RBI hit to cut the deficit in half. Each team scored again before the end of the game, as Bredin brought around Trovato, who hit a double.

The Lakers have some time off before returning to the diamond on Friday, March 29 at Cortland for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Women’s lacrosse

The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team (2-2) bounced back from a three-goal loss the day before with a 22-5 victory over Centre College last Monday.

Thirteen different Lakers scored in the win as Erannan Shattuck paced the offense with four goals and two assists.

Oswego State stormed out to a 13-4 lead at halftime before closing out the game with nine goals in the second half.

Lindsey Eggers added a hat trick, while Courtney Cosentino  Mackenzie Kjerstad of Baldwinsville, Candace Tarana and Esther Gabriel tallied two goals each.

Other Laker goal scorers included Michelle Ruskey, Becky Guess, Shelly Bateman of Fulton, Corinne Marsh, Danielle Citro, Jayme McCreary and Brittany Koelmel.

Nikki Greco and Lauren Marois combined to make 10 saves in the victory.

Men’s baseball

The Oswego State baseball team (9-4, 2-1 SUNYAC) bounced back from an 8-7 walk-off loss to Brockport (10-5, 1-2 SUNYAC) by defeating the Golden Eagles 9-3 in the final game of a three-game series to close out spring break for both teams.

Saturday’s competition started with both squads picking up where they left off Friday afternoon in a game halted by rain.

When play resumed, Brockport had the bases loaded with one out, trailing 7-5, in its final at-bat. The Golden Eagles drew a walk to pull within one run before the game was tied following a wild pitch.

The next Brockport batter was walked as well to load the bases again. Kyle Tracy was then hit by a pitch to bring across the game winning run.

Miles Kelly suffered the loss despite working a third of an inning, while Bradley Westling picked up the win after 1.1. innings of work.

The loss did not dishearten Oswego State at the start of the third game. Tim Smith roped a triple to the gap in right center field to plate Mike Stark.

Smith scored during the next at-bat when Jordan Giller grounded out to the shortstop to put the Lakers ahead 2-0 at the end of one.

After Brockport scored an unearned run in the third, the Golden Eagles capitalized on a leadoff walk by Nick Bunce in the fourth. Dan Hurlimann hit a double to bring in Bunce from first, and later scored himself following back-to-back Laker defensive errors to put Brockport in front 3-2.

Oswego State’s Ed Charles fueled a four-run rally in the fifth when he started the stanza with a triple. He touched home when Scott Buniak delivered a shot into right field.

Two outs later, Giller and Michael Mascari were hit by pitches to load the bases before Brian Hamilton cleared them with a triple into left center as the Lakers went ahead 6-3.

Brockport nearly got a run back in its portion of the fifth, but Kyle Tracy was gunned down at home plate by Buniak.

Buniak followed up the play by scoring in the sixth and drove in Alex Jurczynski to give Oswego State an 8-3 advantage.

After the Lakers tacked on another run in the ninth courtesy of Hamilton’s fifth RBI of the game, Ryan Donovan sat the Golden Eagles down in order to seal the victory.

Light in the Darkness: March 27, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? – James 2:14

God instructed Moses to cast a bronze serpent and raise it high above the camp so that anyone bitten by a poisonous snake could stare at it and be healed.

He gave Noah a specific blueprint and told him to build an ark. He laid out a strange battle plan for Joshua to take Jericho and He told Gideon to pare his army down to a mere 300 men before going into battle.

Can you imagine any of those men responding, “Thank you, Lord. I believe you. I have faith in you” and not doing just as God had instructed? Of course not.

True faith has always been accompanied by obedience. This is precisely what James means in the above verse. Faith that is not accompanied by obedience is not faith at all. James says that there is no life, it is dead.

The problem many have with this statement in James stems from misunderstanding the word, works. Martin Luther, coming from a ‘works for salvation’ background was so thrown by the word that he concluded the book of James did not even belong in the Canon of scripture. Many have been confused about this ever since.

After all, are we not told in Ephesians that we are saved by grace and “not by works”?  So, are works important or aren’t they?

The answer is simple when we understand that the writer of the Ephesians and James are talking about two different kinds of works, or more accurately, works which stem from two different motivations within us.

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Dollars for Scholars to hold pork barbecue

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue on Sunday, April 7 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal.

The barbecue will run from noon until 3:30 p.m. or until sold out.

The dinner includes pulled pork with a kaiser roll, cole slaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert.

Take-out dinners will be available. Pre-sale tickets are available by visiting the chapter web site at hannibal.dollarsforscholars.org and email one of the chapter contacts, or call 564-5630.

All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Hannibal High School.

In 2012, the chapter provided 13 scholarships of $500 each to Hannibal students.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars.

Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national umbrella program that includes over 1,100 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in nearly 3,500 communities across the United States.

Dollars for Scholars partners with nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools to help maximize the impact of financial aid from our organization.

Many have matching fund agreements, allowing our locally raised dollars to be doubled for students attending these schools.

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